Turtle season is back and this year some scientists from around the country have come to help with the program

Xander Sapsworth-CollisNorth West Telegraph
This season's turtle monitoring leaders Taylah Feraren Hansen, Russell Fraser, and Jess Walker
Camera IconThis season's turtle monitoring leaders Taylah Feraren Hansen, Russell Fraser, and Jess Walker Credit: Xander Sapsworth-Collis/North West Telegraph

Turtle monitoring season has come back to the shores of Port Hedland and this year it has attracted scientists from across the country to lead the program.

Taylah Feraren Hansen, Russell Fraser, and Jess Walker have been revealed as the co-ordinators for the upcoming turtle monitoring season.

Mr Fraser has worked as a marine scientist in East Africa and Costa Rica and will be the science co-ordinator during the monitoring season.

He said he was attracted to the role in Hedland because it had such a unique turtle nesting environment.

“Port Hedland has such a prominent nesting beach right on the foreshore in town,” he said.

“This sort of process happens in a lot of places in the world but often it is on a remote island away from prying eyes.

“The fact it is so close to a bulk carrier port and is so accessible to people is pretty special. You can do the science and people can get up close and personal to have a look.

“It’s not happening off in the distance it’s happening right here.”

Ms Walker, who is the morning co-ordinator for the program, is from Queensland, and Ms Hansen is a Port Hedland local.

One of the main attractions in town, turtle nesting occurs on Cemetary and Eighty Mile beach between October to March.

Care for Hedland is responsible for the nationally renowned turtle monitoring program.

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